My father in law, yesterday, reminded me that I have not been painting. That is true and one of the hazards of returning from vacation; too many things to catch up on. I started this watercolor in Prescott but had not worked on it since.
This morning, I dug out the watercolor sketchbook with this piece in it, my box of supplies, and did a bit more on it with my Pitt pens (landscape set). Some of it I am happy with, other parts I think could be improved. Since I plan to use these for reference for other art pieces, this gives me a place to start and areas to redesign when I get there.
I took a LOT of photographs and will be using those for reference for future work. Some I have in mind for fabric, some I will probably only work in watercolor.
One thing I found very useful was a little spray bottle like they sell for travel kits. This held enough water to wet my paper, the watercolors and do brush cleaning for several sketchbook paintings. I never ran out of water but you could always refill from a water bottle if you are on a hike. I lightly spray the back of the paper before I wet the front to minimize page curl.
What projects are on your table for the rest of the summer?
While in Golden, Co we took a short drive to the Railroad museum that is in the area. It was a glorious sunny day with snow on the ground and a chill in the air.
Not only were there amazing engines and rail cars to look at and photograph, but we were lucky enough to go on "Ride the Rails Saturday". We boarded the train and circled on their track while we were educated about the history of the train we were riding and also some of the trains in the yard as we passed them.
While we were there we also sat in and watched a play that was put on by a local group. The topic was riding the trains in the 30's and the affect that segregation had on the passengers as they went from the South to the North. It was very interesting to hear the different opinions from both sides. Later, when we rode the train, the actors came and gave more history and background as we traveled.
I took a lot of photos and I think there may be a train inspired art quilt in my future.
I took these photos at the MANifestations show in Golden, Co. at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. The show will be open until the end of April 2014. There is still time to see these works in person. I apologize to the artists for some of the less than perfect photos. Some were very large quilts and had to be photographed at an angle, some were in the annex area and hung very high, a few were in the side gallery space and one had to be photographed through glass. The spot lights on the quilts also proved to be an issue for my little camera.
What a great day David and I had yesterday. We did a mini-vacation day where we did nothing that had to do with "real life".
After David's bike ride we headed down to San Diego and stopped at Pita's Mediterranean Grill for lunch. It is one of our favorite places to eat and we always get the lamb salad. It was excellent.
Next we headed to the Visions Art Museum to see what was on display there. Unfortunately they are installing the new exhibit and the Del Thomas Collection will not be open until next weekend. We did peek around the ladder to see a couple of the quilts. For the few that we were able to see, it is going to be a great show and we will have to make time to go back to see it. We did get to see the critique group exhibit in the main hall and it was inspiring. Lisa Yoder was there so we were able to catch up on what is going on with her and also the museum. A very fun time.
From there we headed to Rosie's Calico Cupboard! Awesome. I hardly ever have the chance to shop there since moving north so it was exciting. David had fabrics to pick up for a new fabric as he has been burning through his blacks and whites. I just picked up some because they were pretty. Not only does Rosie's have a great selection of fabric but she has the best prices around.
After enjoying our shopping spree (see photo above) we headed over to the Grossmont Shopping Center to listen to The Vinyl Pirates play. They are a great band that plays a wide variety of music. George, the drummer, has been a long time friend of Davids. I took a (not quite so good) video of them playing "Frankenstein". We enjoyed listening to them for a couple of hours on the patio of The Copper Pan. They have an excellent looking menu but I had my heart set on Fuddrucker's. I used to LOVE their steak sandwich and cheesy (I like the jalapeno version) fries and I am happy to report that they are still just as good as I remembered.
That was the conclusion of our vacation day. Heading home we listened to Rascal Flatts and enjoyed talking about the fun we had and our plans for the fabric we purchased.
I have decided that to generate some new ideas, I will be grabbing my camera and going on a "walkabout" (can you tell I watched "Crocodile Dundee" during the weekend last week?)
My plan is to have no plan except lots of empty sticks for my digital camera and two fully charged batteries.
I will try not to be concerned about:
Now that we are heading into fall and hopefully some cooler weather, what are your plans?
I cannot believe that a week sped by since David and I visited my family in Arizona. We had a great time and the weather was wonderful. Tubac, as usual, was inspiring and fun. Of course we went to the leather shop that makes the most incredible purses, belts, wallets and other leather products. David purchased two belts. Next year, it is a purse for me. I will start saving now.
Bonita also took us to a local quilt shop, Quilter's Desert Patch, that is in a mobile home. She has an amazing amount of fabric in it. She also has a fabulous eye for selecting fabrics. David and I were not going to purchase any but alas, we could not resist.
If you are any where near the area, it is definitely worth a visit.
Quilters Desert Patch
16121 S Country Club Rd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Just before we took off on our dash over to AZ, my sewing machine decided to go on the fritz. Seems the timing went out. David dropped it off at Paradise Sewing in Poway (where they have the BEST Pfaff mechanic in my humble opinion) and they had it fixed by the time we got back into town. I sewed on it today for the first time and it is back in tip top condition. I am still in love with my +25 year old machine.
Somewhere along the line I picked up a touch of the "mung". One of those things that you can't really identify as an actual disease but a sore throat for a day and some fatigue lets me know that things are not quite right. Got on the bike today to try to blow it out of my system. I do feel better after the exercise.
My "Black and White with a Twist" quilt for the Quilts on the Wall exhibit is coming along great. I am very happy with the way it is shaping up. It goes back to work with me so I can stare at it and plan my next design feature. David is working on his. If they are selected for the exhibit they will debut at the Long Beach Festival in July. Hope to see you there!
David & Patricia
We are fiber artists that live in Northern Arizona. We now create our art full time.